EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Five days after crumpling to the ground in agony outside of the Giants locker room in Cleveland after he suffered a sprained ankle, will Odell Beckham, Jr. really play on Saturday night against the Jets?
Well, no. Almost certainly not. Unless Ben McAdoo has lost his mind.
Still, for some reason the Giants coach refused to rule out the possibility when he met with the media after practice on Thursday. He even left the door open for injured receiver Brandon Marshall, too.
"We have to see how they respond to treatment," McAdoo said. "A lot of things can happen overnight."
Sure, miracles can happen. But McAdoo and his bosses also aren't crazy. There is legitimate concern that Beckham's sprained ankle could keep him out of the regular season opener in Dallas on Sept. 10. They're certainly not going to risk the health of their best player in a meaningless preseason game.
The same goes for Marshall, who suffered a shoulder injury in Cleveland. And the same likely goes for injured receivers Tavarres King (ankle) and Dwayne Harris (upper body). None of them have practiced yet this week, and the Giants aren't scheduled to practice again before the game on Saturday night.
King and Harris did work outside with trainers each of the last two days. Marshall was outside at practice, but didn't do anything at all. Beckham, meanwhile, wasn't even out on the field on Wednesday or Thursday, though he was spotted riding an exercise bike inside the Giants' field house on Thursday.
So what's Beckham's status? Much like with the question of whether he'll play on Saturday night, McAdoo had little to say.
"Again, he is in (the building). He's got an ankle. He is working through some treatment," McAdoo said. "We will see how he responds to it tomorrow."
In the end, McAdoo said it will be "medical decisions" on whether any of those four injured receivers can play against the Jets. Though it seems obvious that they won't -- especially for Beckham and Marshall -- McAdoo preferred to remain evasive, saying "It's a little too early" to tell.